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Poster: k-otic Date: Jun 30, 2010 6:12am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are any of these titles in the Public Domain?

Well, that would be great if Space-Thing are PD :)

Only titles that are still unclear

Revenge of the Virgins (1959)
C.C. and Company (1970)
Panic in Echo Park (1977)
Blonde Ice (1948)

While we are at it let me add some more titles in question

Where's That Fire? (1940)
Louisiana Story (1948)
The Headless Ghost (1959)
Alaska Highway (1943)
The Vampire (1957)
The Bold Caballero (1936)
Horrors of the Black Museum (1959)
Lisa and the Devil (1974)
Beau Brummel (1924)

This post was modified by k-otic on 2010-06-30 13:12:59

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Jun 30, 2010 4:27am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are any of these titles in the Public Domain?

Revenge of the Virgins (1959) had to have it's registration renewed in 1987. It wasn't.

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Poster: DJason Date: Jun 30, 2010 8:04am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are any of these titles in the Public Domain?

I've a copy of The Bold Caballero (1936) on another Mill Creek set. Between that and finding no record of a renewal, I'm guessing it's probably PD. What would be really cool would be if a Technicolor print turned up, because so far as I know, only b&w prints exist.

It's a Zorro flick, apparently the first talkie Zorro. Unfortunately, it's only so-so as entertainment. Zorro's Fighting Legion is far better.

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Poster: DJason Date: Jun 30, 2010 9:01am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are any of these titles in the Public Domain?

Another movie that might be in the public domain: The Pig-Keeper's Daughter. I've got a digital copy, and there is NO copyright notice in it, neither the opening credits nor the closing shots. IIRC, that makes it PD, right?

It's a Harry Novak hicksploitation done in the early 1970s, and borders on porn. OTOH, it is of some historical interest as an example of pre-Deep Throat exploitation.

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Jun 30, 2010 10:01am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are any of these titles in the Public Domain?

I guess that your copy isn't the Valiant International Pictures version, which is copyrighted.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000307091 / 1986-08-25
Application Title: Pigkeeper’s daughter.
Title: The Pig keeper’s daughter / director, Bethel Buckalew.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (93 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Copyright Claimant: Valiant International Pictures
Date of Creation: 1986
Date of Publication: 1986-08-01
Authorship on Application: editing and some new cinematography: Valiant International Pictures, employer for hire.
Basis of Claim: New Matter: "editing and some new cinematography."

Names: Buckalew, Bethel
Valiant International Pictures

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Poster: DJason Date: Jun 30, 2010 10:29am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are any of these titles in the Public Domain?

Don't think so. Certainly there's no footage that looks 1986 as compared to the rest of the 1972-shot movie. No company credits at all (it was produced by Novak's Box Office International). Nor is it transferred from VHS. OTOH, it's barely a minute shorter than that registration record indicates.

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Jun 30, 2010 5:06am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are any of these titles in the Public Domain?

The Headless Ghost (1959), The Vampire (1957) (The US production, not the Spanish film made the same year), and Horrors of the Black Museum (1959) had their copyrights renewed. Lisa and the Devil (1974) had it's copyright GATT-restored.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000356229 / 1987-01-22
Renewal registration for: LP0000015299 / 1959-04-29
Title: The Headless ghost; motion picture. By Carmel Productions, Inc.
Copyright Claimant: Selma Enterprises (PWH)

Variant title: The Headless ghost
Names: Carmel Productions, Inc.
Selma Enterprises

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000261409 / 1985-10-01
Renewal registration for: LP0000008608 / 1957-06-11
Title: The Vampire. By Gramercy Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Claimant: United Artists Corporation, successor in interest to Gramercy Pictures, Inc. (PWH)

Variant title: The Vampire.
Names: Gramercy Pictures, Inc.
United Artists Corporation

Horrors of the Black Museum (1959) is a UK production, but shows renewals here:

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000397530 / 1987-02-11
Renewal registration for: PA0000376438 / 1958-04-01
Title: Horrors of the black museum. By Merton Park Studios, Ltd.
Copyright Claimant: Weintraub Entertainment (Rights) Ltd. (PWH)

Variant title: Horrors of the black museum
Names: Merton Park Studios, Ltd.
Weintraub Entertainment (Rights) Ltd.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000356228 / 1987-01-22
Renewal registration for: LP0000015298 / 1959-04-29
Title: Horrors of the Black Museum; motion picture. By Carmel Productions, Inc.
Copyright Claimant: Selma Enterprises (PWH)

Variant title: Horrors of the Black Museum
Names: Carmel Productions, Inc.
Selma Enterprises

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000966149 / 2000-02-15
Application Title: Lisa e il diavolo.
Title: Lisa and the devil.
Description: 2 videocassettes ; 3/4 in.
Copyright Claimant: Leone International Films, Inc.
Date of Publication: 1972
Authorship on Application: motion picture: Euro-America Produzioni Cinematografiche, Srl.
Copyright Note: Reg. under GATT/URAA restoration

Names: Leone International Films, Inc.
Euro-America Produzioni Cinematografiche, Srl


This post was modified by billbarstad on 2010-06-30 12:06:48